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Feb 2, 2013 1:30pm EST
state -- and do it without raising taxes. [applause] stand with me and the over 2,500 construction workers we want to put to work building world class schools for our world class workforce. and while we are at it, let's make sure that those 2,500-plus construction workers newly employed by the j.o.b.s. bill are our friends and neighbors. right now, we have a law on the books that is supposed to require that at least half of the workers on any construction project funded by state or local tax dollars be montana residents, but it's riddled with loopholes and not enforceable. when taxpayer money is funding a project, let's put montana companies and montana workers first. let's work together to close these loopholes and expand this requirement to all projects -- [applause] work together to close these loopholes and expand this requirement to all projects -- not just construction. and let's also significantly increase the proportion of montana workers required on any state or locally funded project. i hope you will join rep. amanda curtis and me to pass this measure so we can put more m
CSPAN
Feb 5, 2013 5:00pm EST
payroll tax, the increase in tax rates on income above certain thresholds and the cuts in federal spending scheduled to take effect next month will mean reduced spending by both consumers and the government. we project inflation adjusted g.d.p. will increase about 1.5% in 2013. but it will increase roughly 1.5% fast if not for the fiscal tightening. after the economy adjusts to that fiscal restraint, we expect the growth in real g.d.p. will pick up to about 3.5% per year in 2014 and the following few years. but the gap between the nation's g.d.p. and what it is capable of producing on a sustainable basis, what we call potential g.d.p., will not close quickly at that rate of growth. under current law, we expect output to remain below its potential level until 2017. almost a decade after the recession started in december of 2007. by our estimates, g.d.p. was more than 5% below its potential level in the fourth quarter of last year. a gap that is only modestly smaller than the gap that existed three years ago. because growth in output since then has been only slightly faster than growth in po
CSPAN
Feb 9, 2013 6:20pm EST
-span. >> in his weekly address president obama talks about sequestration and tax policy. then senator lisa murkowski from alaska delivers the republican address. she enters her plan for an energy policy for the u.s.. >> hi everybody. over the last few years, democrats and republicans have come together and cut our deficit by more than $2.5 trillion through a balanced mix of cuts and tax for the wealthiest americans. that is more than both parties say we need to stabilize our debt. i believe e we can finish the job the same way we started it, with a balanced cut of spending cuts and tax reform. and the majority of the american people agree, both democrats and republicans. my preference and the preference of many members of congress is to do that in a balanced way by making sensible changes to entitlement programs and reforming our tax code. as we speak, both the house and senate are working toward budget proposals i hope will lay out this balanced path going forward. wut that takes time and right now, if congress doesn't act by march 1 a series of harmful doubts spending also known as
CSPAN
Feb 2, 2013 6:20pm EST
with eliminating excess spending in our tax code so that the wealthiest cannot take advantage of loopholes and reductions that are not available to most americans. 2012 can be a year of solid growth and more jobs and higher wages. -- 2013 can be a year of solid growth and more jobs and higher wages. everyone in washington needs to focus on what is right for the country, on what is right for you and your families. that is how we will get our economy moving faster. it will strengthen our middle class. we will build a country that rewards the effort and determination of every single american. thank you. have a great weekend. >> hello. my name is susan brooks. it is a pleasure to speak to you from my home state on indiana. my husband and i have raised two children here. i've been a us attorney for this area and starting last month, one of the state voices and that u.s. house. i'm proud to live in a state that spends less than it takes in. the secret to our success has always been a value system that promotes a strong sense of responsibility and accountability. family members and tax
CSPAN
Feb 2, 2013 11:20am EST
carolina's 46 counties. we have cut taxes on small businesses. we have passed reforms that put the cap on lawsuit damages. we fought against the unions rejected unionization of south carolina -- we fought against the unionization of south carolina. the department of social services moved more than 14,000 families from welfare to work. we created a business partnership to showcase the largest industry in our state. we have been rewarded for the second consecutive year a gold shovel in recognition of our economic development success. we have been ranked the second best nation in -- the second best state in the nation to do business. [applause] we have announced $5 billion in foreign investment and we have seen no less authority than the wall street journal say that anyone who thinks the u.s. has lost its manufacturing topps has not been to south carolina. "it" stateoming the :it when it comes to economic -- i would like to ask you to help me welcome these wonderful friends of south carolina. please stand and remain standing when i call your name and hold your applause until the end. represe
CSPAN
Feb 9, 2013 12:25pm EST
regulation in the largest and most strategic tax cuts in state history, unlike our friends in washington dc. [applause]we even accomplished something novel and rare in politics. we kept our word. in 2010, we asked people to increase their own taxes and promised him it would be temporary. that promise will be kept, when proposition 100 sales tax expires in may. [applause]not long ago, we were facing the worst housing collapse in our history, the downturns had cost us more than 300,000 jobs. our state government was bogged down by a $3 billion deficit. now our housing market is on the mend. recovering faster than anywhere in america. we are adding jobs at the swiftest clip in years, nearly 23,000 in november alone. arizona ranks fifth in the nation for job growth during 2012. [applause]the kauffman index recently declared arizona the country's premier place for entrepreneurs. our budget is now balanced. we set aside $450 million in the state's rainy day fund for the next time that crisis strikes. [applause]crime and violence in arizona continues to trend downward. arizona has re
CSPAN
Feb 5, 2013 7:00am EST
gave tax cuts and never paid for them. in the end they have eroded the revenue of the government. some of it is coming back. the wars are winding down. the economy is picking up. but there is a real health care problem that we have to deal with at some point. it will take some revenue. you cannot just do it by magically saying that it will fallout of the sky. you cannot cut enough to get the debt down without talking about revenue. i think it they did a little bit here at the end of january 3. everyone gave the office and will not give again. host: this editorial from "usa today," de say that it is not a spending problem -- but "usa spend money. today," others, saying that it is. guest: let me explain. the average cost spent on a senior citizen in medicare is flat. it went up 0.4% last year. it is flat spending. the fact is that beginning in 2011, all the children born after the second world war, the so-called baby boomers, are coming on. when i came to congress in 1989 there were 35 million seniors on medicare. 30 million people altogether. we have 80 million people coming on to medic
CSPAN
Feb 9, 2013 3:05pm EST
point cut of the payroll tax, the increase in tax rates on incomes above a certain threshold, and cuts in federal spending scheduled to take effect next month will mean reduced spending by both consumers and the government. we project an inflation-adjusted gdp will increase about 1.5% in 2013. but it will increase roughly 1.5 percentage points faster if not for fiscal tightening. after the economy adjusts, we expect the growth in real gdp will pick up to about 3.5% per year in 2014 and the following few years. but the gap between the nation's gdp and what is capable of producing on a sustainable basis, what we call "potential gdp," will not close quickly at that rate of growth. we expect output to remain below its potential level until 2017, almost one decade after the recession started in 2007. by our estimates, gdp was low last year. there was the get that existed three years ago. growth and output since then has been only slightly better. the nation has paid and will continue to pay a very large price for recession and slow recovery. we estimate that the total loss of output re
CSPAN
Feb 5, 2013 10:00am EST
, business owners cannot plan, they cannot plan for the president's new regulations or his tax increases and therefore it is all the more difficult for them to expand their businesses and create jobs in america. to add to the uncertainty, the president's proposed sequestration is set to take effect this march. despite his promise, his promise to the american people that it would never actually happen, the president has yet to take any steps to undo this harmful measure. he has shown absolute indifference to the millions of americans whose livelihoods will be severely impacted by his sequestration. house republicans have twice passed legislation to replace the president's sequester with commonsense reforms that will reduce spending, preserve and strengthen our safety net for generations and preserve our national defense. this week the house will pass a budget but it will be a responsible budget that will balance. one that will aim to grow the economy, drive down unemployment, expand opportunity and prosperity for the private sector and ensure that america maintains its leading role in the
CSPAN
Feb 6, 2013 7:00am EST
, we don't tax you think about it. it is as if because we know it was awful, we can somehow pretended was not part of american culture. >> and early 20th century -- eugenics, in early 20th century. >> "washington journal" continues. michael're back with burgess, a republican and vice chairman of the energy and commerce subcommittee. thanks for talking to our viewers. guest: thanks for having me. host: republicans are saying to avoid the automatic spending cuts, we need entitlement reform on the table. president obama said yesterday if we cannot agree to something long-term like entitlement reform, let's do something short-term. do you agree? guest: no. president obama should be talking about the next sequester, because this one is happening. it was postponed to march 1 on the first and january. this is a promise that we made, the congress and the president made to the american people in order to get our fiscal house in order if we could not come up with the cuts, the savings to do that, these cuts would be automatic. host: you are ok with them? guest: i don't like it. the republican h
CSPAN
Feb 2, 2013 4:10pm EST
washington institute. after that we have chris edwards. he is a top expert on federal and state tax and budget issues. he's testified to congress many times and his articles have appeared in "the washington post" and other newspapers. last but not least we have alex nowrasteh. he has advocated for prosperity. he was a policy analysts. his work has aweired in "the wall street journal" and he has appeared on fox news and bloomberg. i will turn the podium over to david. >> thank you and thank you to all of you for being here. it is good to have you here. my colleagues are going to talk about specific policy issues in their area of we can per tease. i'm going to open with more general, philosophical, political discussion. a lot of people believe that politics are a struggle for power and certainly if you look at history that is what politics is. it is the continuation of war by other means. it is a quest for power for your race, tribe, religion, region, whatever, your industry these days. politics is a lot about power. but we always hope that some people in the discussion of politics and po
CSPAN
Feb 7, 2013 1:00am EST
once again. it has $500 billion in new taxes and also cuts in domestic spending. it is irresponsible, unacceptable. it leaves their troops and our economy and ready to face the challenges of the future. or the threats of today. when i went to the steering committee to apply for this job, i explained to them the way i saw the jobless to make sure that our troops, those who we sent into harm's way would have everything they needed to carry out their missions and return home safely. everything in the way resources, training, leadership, these things are very important. and i look at what is happening with these cuts that we have seen the last couple of years and it is just irresponsible that the commander in chief, his main job should be the same that i look at as my job, only he should be looking out for the soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines that he sent into harm's way. he should not send them with anything less than the told that -- the total they need. and to be stepping up and continuing to cut -- i visited with their top leaders, and they have told me that we have gone past cu
CSPAN
Feb 6, 2013 10:00am EST
long-term unified approach to our debt and deficit. the tenants of that of course deal with the tax expenditures that we deal with that and the health care costs that are going up. the chair: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. schrader: with that i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. price: i claim time in opposition. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. price: thanks, madam chair. i want to commend my colleague from oregon and colleagues that came together to submit this amendment as i believe it truly to be well-intentioned but i think it misses the mark. i think for two reasons specifically that it ought not be adopted by this body. first, it unnecessarily restricts the ability of the president to determine how he would balance the budget. remember, the underlying bill doesn't tie the president's hands in any way. it simply says to the president, when you submit your budget to congress, just let us know when it's going to balance. it's not going to balance within the period of time that's defined by the budget window,
CSPAN
Feb 6, 2013 8:00pm EST
. we take no tax dollars. we don't have the ability to reduce costs in a way a private business would. and we are at the end of our borrowing authority. to give some perspective of our liquid situation, a typical large organization would either have cash on hand or quick borrowing ability. in october, the postal service had less than four days of cash on hand. that's a very scary situation and no situation that a business should be in. and this is why we have taken aggressive steps to reduce our costs and why we have been so vocal about seeking postal reform legislation. we faced a major hurdle to return to profitability and long-term stability. we need to generate $20 billion in cost reductions and revenue increases to close the budget gap and be able to repay our debt, both close the gap and repay the debt. and this is why the board of governors has directed us to take every necessary step to reduce costs and conserve cash necessary to continue our operations. it's what we have been doing consistently over the last couple of years. and we will be accelerating those efforts moving fo
CSPAN
Feb 9, 2013 2:15pm EST
families. another step we can take is on taxes. there's a lot of talk about taxes in washington right now. for most families, tax preparation is hard and it's time consuming. this time of year especially. think about it. think what they're going through. what tax form are you supposed to fill out. is it more beneficial to file jointly or separately. is a truck or gas mileage deductible or something you are missing that the i.r.s. will give you credit for. 193, the form 1040 was-- in 193 5, the form 1040 was accompanied accompanied by a two-page instruction booklet. today, taxpayers have to wade through over 100 total pages of instruction. just filling out a w-4 at a new job is confusing. you really shouldn't need a work sheet to see how many dependents you have. chairman dave camp and his committee are under way in their efforts to responsibly rewrite the nation's tax laws. as an education policy, health care and all else, tax reform should reflect the priority of working families and the future they are trying to shape for their kids. if nothing else, we must stope putting special intere
CSPAN
Feb 6, 2013 5:00pm EST
not be done through our exchange. third, utah will not administer the premium tax credit through our exchange. there's a number of reasons we decided why not to do that. one, we pride ourselves in utah in being fiscally prudent. and i wish washington had that same pride which they certainly don't have in being fiscally prudent. only seven states in america have a a.a.a. bond rating on wall street, which tells us a lot about utah and what else is going on in the country. given the fiscal uncertainty we see here in washington, d.c.,, much of it created by a growing mentality, doesn't seem to me and to the people of utah to be a fiscally prudent thing to do when we are already borrowing 40 cents on every dollar that we spend and in large part because of the growing entitlement mentality we have in the country. i think this becomes a very risky proposition as we go forward. i don't know how much it's going to end up it's going to cost and i don't know anybody knows how much it's going to cost us. i do know the original promise by the president was going to cost us $900 billion. today
CSPAN
Feb 8, 2013 8:00pm EST
not like it when somebody said we will do this and we will give you all these tax cuts and then when asked about what it meant and how we can pay for it, they said, a senior about that after the election. that was a good thing. and they voted against going back on a lot of what we had done. make no mistake about it, this is not just about appealing obamacare and repealing much of what i did. this is about repealing much of the 20th century. somebody asked me, why are you doing next? i am too old to relitigate the things i thought had been settled in the 1960's and 1970's. [applause] i want us to worry about the 21st century and how to make the most of it. i believe that we are in an interesting and delegates and paradoxical the dish -- position. if we are clear about where we are and what we have the d.o.. -- what we have to do. there was a brief period at the end of the cold where were the united states was the only military, economic, and political superpower. i did my best to prepare us for an era in which we would still be the leading country in the world, but which others would
CSPAN
Feb 2, 2013 12:45pm EST
scholarship bill giving businesses a tax credit for making contributions to a scholarship fund. these dollars will be distributed, on a means-tested basis, to students at low- performing schools for use in attending the school of their choice. [applause] all in, the proposed budget includes 135 million dollars in new investment in nevada's schoolchildren. [applause] and as parents and taxpayers, we have a right to expect a return on that investment. while nevada's teachers will be supported through the most effective professional development, elevated student performance requires an outstanding teacher in every classroom, and an outstanding principal in every building. nevada is on the cusp of implementing a system that will transform the way we evaluate our state's teachers and administrators. but we need to take the next step. my budget includes an appropriation for a data system that links student performance to teacher effectiveness. this system is a long term investment in what will be the backbone of our approach to teacher evaluation. it will ensure that parents and students have the t
CSPAN
Feb 9, 2013 11:45am EST
and charter application with the same enthusiasm that they have for tax season. there are multiple applications, numerous deadlines. different requirements. i propose that we create a best in class information system on delaware schools that provides a clear picture of the different strengths in each school. i also propose that we give parents the option of a common application to make it easier to apply to multiple schools. learning does not end in high school. the skill demands of today's jobs are rapidly evolving. the days of one employer, one career are over for most workers. it is not uncommon today for workers to have 10 different jobs are the age of 45. lifetime learning is no longer an aspiration. it is a necessity. not long ago, the focus of our workforce system was placing unemployed workers back into similar jobs. the challenge today is far greater. facing unemployed workers back in similar jobs today often means assigning them to continued security with diminishing prospects. in the world with live in, we need a workforce system that delivers the training, the training
CSPAN
Feb 4, 2013 7:00am EST
. but it to best way to a budget -- a balanced budget would be reinstating the tax on wall street transactions. there are quadrillions of dollars in turnover and a 1% tax would generate trillions of dollars in revenue. host: talk about your retirement strategy a little bit. host: there is not -- caller: there is none. that is the point. average people are in the same kind of predicament, not knowing what -- what do they call it? they want to have stability and predictability. where is it? host: when it comes to yourself, have you put anything away? caller: ipad, but it is all gone now. i would like to see a national infrastructure project. we could put people to work. host: steve from twitter -- host: next we're going to charlie. mississippi, independent line. caller: good morning. i am from jackson, where the capital is. i retired in 2009. it is a good thing. i was a civil servant. now in the state house there is legislation where some young republicans want to phase out our state retirement program for civil servants. house bill 486 allows people to just elect, if they want to c
CSPAN
Feb 1, 2013 9:00am EST
number of companies paid out dividends in anticipation of tax law changes. also, some companies paid out special bonuses. that did lead to an unusually strong number for december. but, you know, in general, it was a temporary kind of thing. we would not expect those things. host: how did the year look? guest: overall, we had an increase of 3.5% for the year .12. -- 2012. that is a good increase. it is a little below the long- term trends. host: when is a personal income, is that take-home pay or are there several factors associated? guest: there are a number of factors involved. within personal income, we have wages and salaries which account for more than half of the total. we also have small business income, things like rental income and also investment income in terms of interest and dividends and so forth. there is transfer income, social security and unemployment and so forth. there is a variety of types of income. it is an all-encompassing. host: a boost as far as money is concerned. what does that say overall, not only from how people personally did but how does it into t
CSPAN
Feb 8, 2013 1:00am EST
is one bit of a tax -- of disclosure. michael bennett, senator from colorado, happens to be a brother of our editor in chief, james bennett. you would think that would be great access, but it is a hurdle. they do not dislike each other, but they are so careful about not mingling interests of what got you here today was the talk about immigration. i thought about getting all of you together, but you have slightly different takes. you are a member of the group of eight. maybe it is not a group of 7.5, depending how senator menendez is doing. >> we will see. >> in the question of how the white house -- even today, the president said at the democratic house retreat that he is heartened by democrats and republicans both seem to take this seriously. politics may not be easy. there are regional variations in the country. there is youth and dynamism. i love you in your group of eight role. also sharing your work with the colorado compact. talk about the michael bennett vision of what we need to do to achieve immigration reform. >> if i can, let me take you to colorado on this issue. t
CSPAN
Feb 6, 2013 1:00am EST
skype in their input. i pay the taxes in canada and not in the u.s. >> in silicon valley, that is commonly happening. everywhere else but silicon valley. we want people here so they will pay taxes here and interact and start more companies after they finish projects. >> thank you. >> the gentleman from new york is recognized for five minutes. >> thank you. you have indicated throughout your testimony the need for policy or practical reasons to emphasize as we tackle this immigration issue of highly skilled visas. you have founded a company of 1000 plus employees. you have written a book. you work at one our most distant wish universities. you have -- one of our most distant wish to universities have contributed much to america. we have a history of dealing with refugees with a passion that makes sense for who we are and what we represent in our democratic values. with the history of making sure that we grant visas in recognition of the fact that we need to draw from people all across the world. that is the premise of the diversity. tha that makes a stronger. the need to emphasize
CSPAN
Feb 4, 2013 8:00pm EST
u.s. to be productive, tax-paying members of our civil society and to attain the american dream. unfortunately immigrants of the african area like so many groups around the world are dealing with backlogged immigration processes. families being ripped apart, falling out of status because they have aged out of the legal immigration process. racial and status discrimination, unfair criminal aggravated felony laws, depour tration processes that violate -- deportation processes that violate rights and insecure and prohibitive student visa programs, limited access to work permits and much, much more. you see, many immigrants arrive on our shores during a time of their lives when they are the most productive. any delay in processing these individuals, in bringing them to the floor, deny us the opportunity to access their talent, their skill and their ability in the prime of their lives. additionally african-americans, those descendents of the slave trade, whom i fondly call long-time stakeholders of this nation, have been affected by the broken system as well. working class americans
CSPAN
Feb 5, 2013 8:00pm EST
spending cuts known as sequestration scheduled to begin march 1. it is including tax changes. the president spoke to reporters for just over five minutes. >> good afternoon, everybody. i wanted to say a few words about the looming deadlines and decisions that we face on our budget and on our deficit, and these are decisions that will have real and lasting impacts on the strength and pace of our recovery. economists and business leaders from across the spectrum have said that our economy is poised for progress in 2013. and we've seen signs of this progress over the last several weeks. home prices continue to climb. car sales are at a five-year high. manufacturing has been strong. and we've created more than six million jobs in the last 35 months. but we've also seen the effects that political dysfunction can have on our economic progress. the drawn-out process for resolving the fiscal cliff hurt consumer confidence. the threat of massive automatic cuts have already started to affect business decisions. so we've been reminded that while it's critical for us to cut wasteful spending,
CSPAN
Feb 3, 2013 9:00pm EST
included state of the economy, housing benefits for veterans and a proposed tax increase on beer and alcohol. this is 35 minutes. >> order. questions to the prime minister. alison seabeck. >> thank you, mr. speaker. this morning i had meetings with mine tieral colleagues and others and in addition to my duties in the house i will have other meetings today. >> alison sea beck. >> i'm hear to speak, it right a mother in his constituency should not speak of the bedroom tax and confirm why her minister be able to offer her son, serving in the magesty's armed forces either a home or a bedroom on his return from duty? >> the reforms to housing benefit that we're putting in place, i'll very happily look at the case, as the honorable lady says. but the reforms that are put in place have a very clear principle of the heart. there are many people in private rented accommodation who do not have housing benefits and can't afford extra bedrooms and we have to get control of housing benefits. we're now spending as a country $23 billion pounds on housing benefits and we have to get that budget unde
CSPAN
Feb 8, 2013 2:00pm EST
an industry that says, "please fax me more." -- please tax me more." we have gotten so desperate in this area that we are talking about, perhaps because we cannot make a policy decision on this and have not since the early 1990's on the federal level, maybe we need to go to indexing of the fuel tax. >> you are talking like infrastructure, not to pay for subsidies, right? >> what we need is more infrastructure, and that is a public good, and it needs to be paid for, and generally with tax revenues. i do not think anybody is faulting that. i think it is sold that we need higher fuel tax, and we can use that either to reduce the deficit or to pay for something else. it was designed -- or intended -- whether it has done so successfully or not, it was done to pay for infrastructure. >> absolutely. we are not real happy about that. >> john, what are you hoping for next week? >> for some reason, i have not been consulted on that. the president in the campaign said he was 4 and all of the above energy policy, so let's have some announcements that support that -- he was for an " all of the a
CSPAN
Feb 4, 2013 5:00pm EST
increased budget authority, entitlement authority or tax expenditure or revenues nor does the bill contain any earmarks. i'm pleased to support this legislation. it is my hope that the national pediatric research network i will -- improve therapies and better outcomes for our nation's children and i urge my colleagues to vote in favor of h.r. 225 and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new jersey, mr. pallone. mr. pallone: i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. speaker, i rise in strong support of h.r. 225, the national pediatric research network act and commend my colleagues for their bipartisan efforts to move this legislation forward. there are many rare pediatric diseases and the children are incredibly fragile. if we can allow research to occur across the country, not just one single location, research can be done at a larger level because children could participate without having to travel. this bill would allow the national institutes of health to establish a national pediatric re
CSPAN
Feb 2, 2013 12:10pm EST
people of south carolina proud by giving them successes on tax relief and regulatory reform and strengthening protections and cyber security. it is a great day in south carolina. it will only continue if we make it so. i look forward to the fingers going down and handshakes beginning. thank you. god bless you. me he continue to bless the great state of south carolina. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] >> martin o'malley called for the repeal of the death penalty, asking for tougher gun control laws increasing our jobs in maryland. this 35 minute event is part of the maryland public television. >> thank you. thank you all. got bless you. >> thank you very, very much. bannermr. speaker, mr. president, distinguished minority leaders, lieutenant brown, governor hughes, attorney general gensler, colleagues and city colleagues, mayor vincent gray from our neighbors and new columbia. [laughter] ambassadors, members of fema of these united states. [applause] katie o'malley and the men and women of the maryland general assembly, there is more that unites us than di
CSPAN
Feb 7, 2013 7:00am EST
about the proposed tax increases the president made yesterday? caller: i think, my issue with that -- we have already had our tax increase in the first place. i don't necessarily agree with them. i realize that you need a little more revenue. i will agree with that to an extent, because it is both sides. if he is trying come to a balanced proposal at this point in time and propose equal cuts versus revenue, that's not fair, because we have already increased our taxes in the first place. the original deal was supposed to solve the fiscal cliff. host: april is on our facebook page. randy is an independent in butler, oklahoma. good morning. caller: i think they ought to let it go through. military budgets have doubled in the last 12 years and the research and development part of that is over $60 billion. that is not buying tanks or anything. we have spent $200 billion on the f-22 program, the fight for that no one wants. plenty of things to cut. go ahead and raise my taxes. i realize we have to bring in more money. i'm a grown-up. i will just take home less money, but we have to keep
CSPAN
Feb 3, 2013 12:30am EST
spending in our tax code so that the wealthiest cannot take advantage of loopholes and reductions that are not available to most americans. 2013 can be a year of solid growth and more jobs and higher wages. everyone in washington needs to focus on what is right for the country, on what is right for you and your families. that is how we will get our economy moving faster. it will strengthen our middle class. we will build a country that rewards the effort and determination of every single american. thank you. have a great weekend. >> hello. my name is susan brooks. it is a pleasure to speak to you from my home state on indiana. my husband and i have raised two children here. i've been a u.s. attorney for this area and starting last month, one of the state voices in the u.s. house. i'm proud to live in a state that spends less than it takes in. the secret to our success has always been a value system that promotes a strong sense of responsibility and accountability. family members and tax payers and community volunteers. for too long, the democratic majority has failed to see the value i
CSPAN
Feb 5, 2013 1:00pm EST
asks for, if we give him every tax increase he asks for, if we do absolutely everything that the budget he's required by law to submit requests, we will begin to pay down the first penny of debt never. in fact, if we do absolutely everything that the budget he's required by law to submit to us asks, the debt will continue to grow forever. i agree with so much my friends on other side are saying about the sequester, about the fiscal cliff. that's why we acted in may on this body, that's why we passed another sequester replacement in august, that's why we passed another one in december. i agree. but can't we also agree that if you're going to be commander in chief of america, if you're going to be the president of the united states, if you're going to uphold and defend the constitution, and we have our former joint chiefs of staff chairmen telling us that our greatest national security threat is our growing debt, shouldn't it be fair to ask the president to tell us when, if ever, he plans to begin paying back the first penny? mr. speaker, it's not a stupid piece of legislation that we're
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Feb 2, 2013 6:30pm EST
huge effect. tax policies could encourage or discourage innovation. our immigration policy where someone gets a phd and they -- and we can keep them -- and we kicked him out of the country for them to appeal against us, it does not make any sense. congress can do a lot. you do not have to be efficient on your iphone or your black very to understand -- blackberry to understand. >> what is your area of expertise? technology.and even if you have the right policy, making it work is very tough. the implementation of that is very difficult. we take a look at what the policy is in how to integrate it and make it work. we have an acquisition firm. we bring that source to government. when you try to get efficiency and try to publish the same goal with less people and fewer dollars, those are the kinds of things that we excel at. why would i do that? then i would have fewer people and the budget will go down. or i know a company that has the software that is much faster, but you do not need the people to do it. you can test it quicker and faster. how do i protect the people? government has
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Feb 6, 2013 6:00am EST
question about paying taxes. they pay taxes. you can check with the social security department. there is a large amount that those unaccounted for. they do not know who toot attribute that money to pray we need to do reform so when they pay tax it goes into the right account and it helps fund and fuel our economy. and what the mayor and the state and federal government to garner this tax dollars and not for it to be in the pocket of sun -- some unscrupulous employer who is taxing the but not sending the money on. we all know that there was an increase in the earning ability of the undocumented once the became. everyone keeps talking about innovation. let me give you a little innovation. we talked about the uncertainty of the market and what we do as a congress. the uncertainty of what we do and what that causes. i want everyone to think one moment. what you think about the uncertainty in the life of a male -- 11 million undocumented workers when you give them certainty? i will tell you what i believe they're going to do. they're going to buy that house that had -- they have bee
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Feb 6, 2013 1:00pm EST
americans do not support sacrificing real spenged cuts for more tax hikes. the president's sequester should be replaced with spending cuts and reforms that put us on a path to balance a budget over the next 10 years. the american people believe that the tax question has been settled. they know the president called for a balanced approach to the debt. combination of revenues and spending cuts, and they know he's gotten his revenue. the american people do not believe the president will use further tax revenues to lower the debt. and haven't seen this president attempt to spend his way into prosperity over the last four years, they know he'll spend it. the president doesn't believe we have a spending problem. he general winly believes the government -- genuinely believes the government spending causes economic growth. if that were true, the economy today would be thriving. it isn't thriving. the unemployment rate is still nearly 8% and rising. small businesses like the one i ran are struggling. middle class families, those lucky enough to have a job, are living paycheck to paycheck. and
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Feb 2, 2013 9:30pm EST
ending in our tax code, though that the wealthiest individuals and biggest corporations cannot take advantage of loopholes and deductionsnew york not billable to most americans. 2013 can be a year of solid growth, more jobs, and higher wages. that will only happen if we put a stop to self-inflicted wounds in washington. everyone in washington needs to focus, not on politics, but on what is right for the country. what is right for you and your families. that is how we will get our economy growing faster, strengthen our middle class, and how we will build a country that rewards the effort and determination of every single american. thanks. have a great weekend. >> hello, my name is susan brooks. it is a pleasure to speak to you from hamilton county in my home state of indiana. i have lived in indiana just about all my life. i have been david and i have raised two children here. i have been a u.s. attorney for this area, and starting last month one of the hoosier state voices in the us house of representatives. i am proud to live in a state that spends less than it takes in, has a aaa
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Feb 4, 2013 12:00am EST
economy, housing benefits for veterans and a proposed tax increase on beer and alcohol. this is 35 minutes. dispersed so they can go to the projects so desperately needed. >> order. questions to the prime minister. >> number one, mr. speaker. >> thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, this morning i had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others, and in addition to my duties in the cells i shall have further such meetings later today. >> thank you, mr. speaker. is it right that a mother and my contingency may not -- confirmed by his minister, her son serving in her majesty's armed forces -- [inaudible] >> the reforms to housing benefit that we're putting in place, and i'm happy to look at the case of the honorable lady says -- [shouting] >> but they have a very clear principle out of their hard. there are many people who don't have housing benefit, who cannot afford extra bedrooms, and we have to get control of housing benefits. we are now spending as the country 23 billion pounds on housing benefits and we have to get that budget under control. >> rebekah harris. >> will my righ
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Feb 3, 2013 6:00pm EST
"amnest"" just for immigration. we do it for tax policy, people that do not pay their taxes. >> look down the road six or eight months. what will be the big sticking point of immigration? give me the first paragraph of the story about why the two sides appear stuck? >> pathway to immigration. pathway to citizenship. >> the simple concept or methodology? >> the methodology and determination of when the border is secure. >> what about the methodology? will it be a fight over a trigger? >> that is the basis for it. i think i have spoken to it. committees are going to make a determination that the border is secure and then the pathway to citizenship kicks in. who makes that determination? i think congress ought to make it. >> just to get on the political aspect of immigration, senator mccain said if it is not taking care of relatively soon republicans could pay a price in future elections. i want to get your sense on whether that is an impetus for you to try to support this? >> i think senator mccain is right. i think he's a little naive to think that hispanic people, we pass a bill and then
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Feb 1, 2013 10:30pm EST
with tax increases as well. there is more good will than people realize. more agreement that we have such a big budget problem that will we're going to fire on all cylinders. we have to cut spending. frankly, we have raise more revenue. >> you're listening to the california program and our speakers are economic experts. we are discussing national, regional, and global economic challenges. you can find video online. there's a series of questions around employment and job growth. what what is your outlook on job growth? >> i will start. i think -- i will say i was here last year and i'm more optimistic this year than last year. we made a significant amount of progress. it looks like housing prices have started to turn the corner. if you look at household balance sheets we see that consumers have paid down that debt that weighed on them. i think there are reasons to be optimistic. i am fairly optimistic. i think we still have things weighing on us. i think the concern about, are we going to shoot ourselves in the foot and not raise the debt ceiling? or not come to an agreement on varies
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Feb 8, 2013 10:30pm EST
you make a million dollars, you are not paying full fica taxes. part of the solution will be to raise that cap to a more realistic level. in regards to medicare. medicare funding is already progressive. i'm not sure that the same would apply to medicare funding. to me, the easiest way to deal with health-care costs is to deal with health care expenses. you know that. you are helping. you are dealing with the household infection rates. how you manage complicated illnesses. just treat one part of the problem. all that brings down costs because of the delivery system is reformed. all of that brings down health-care costs. you have innovative here at nih and that will help to reduce medicare and medicaid costs. >> what is the most effective way that federal employes can protest the sequester? >> thank you for that. i know that chris van holland and i'd served on a conference together and teamed up to defend our federal workforce. we think we did a pretty effective off when we tried to put a more permanent freeze on the salaries and tried to get current workers to increase their pension co
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Feb 3, 2013 8:00pm EST
and participating and paying taxes should not be summarily dismissed. jeb bush -- he had better get a speech coach. go back and look at his speeches on c-span -- it put you to sleep. >> when was -- last question -- when was mark shields the happiest in politics? wa>> i spent the time, in retrospect, working for jack gilligan in ohio, managing his campaign, when the mayor of boston was reelected, robert kennedy -- the robert kennedy thing, in retrospect, when you are doing what you enjoy doing, what you like doing, what you do well, and you think you are going to make a difference that will benefit the country and especially orphans and people who do not know your name and never will -- that is about as good as it gets. >> mark shields, columnist, television commentator, thank you very much for your time. >> thank you. [captioning performed bynational captioning institute][captions copyright nationalcable satellite corp. 2013]>> for dvd copies of this program, call 1- 877-662-7726. for free transcripts or to give us your comments, visit us at q -and-eight.org. programs are also avail
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Feb 4, 2013 12:30am EST
. >> this government has just introduced two new tax base which will cause people who own the oh, no, between 25 and 35,000 pounds per family. why is he choosing to put a block on the aspirations of young people who want to build their own home? >> we are encouraging people to build a own home and buy their own homes, not least by the reform of the planning system that has seen the planning guidance come from 1000 pages to 50 pages. that's why we are also encouraging the right to buy. and if honorable members opposite want to help, they might want to talk to the labour of 40s that are continually knocking people from buying the council or having association homes. >> thank you, mr. speaker. will my right honorable friend wish to congratulate the company in my constituency, but taking advantage of the capital of laos is announced and the autumn statement of purchase to 1.3 million pounds, that will create six new jobs under -- i certain to my honorable friend in welcoming that investment it is experience in campaign history logic did have an effect in bringing forward these proposals
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Feb 2, 2013 7:00pm EST
there are quite a few tax incentives and things that have come down from a federal level that have opened up opportunities for start-ups. i cannot remember what kind of technology it was, but there were certain incentives, it was a battery or some kind of project. what it did it caused an actual startup to be berthed in our market and to be able to stay there. we could utilize a lot of intellectual capital, a lot of the excess manufacturing facilities and things that used to be used for automotive that they can be used for a different industry. >> anybody else outside of silicon valley that has issues or opportunities that irrelevant? >> to echo what was justice said, it is interesting because we get together every quarter and we get leaders from all of these other regions from across the country. the first summits we did, a set of issues kept coming up. as everybody was convinced, for example, there was this talent elsewhere in the country and if they could convince them to come to detroit or washington or kansas they could have a vibrant ecosystem. the same thing with capital. th
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Feb 9, 2013 5:15pm EST
great deal to address as he takes this important and challenging tax -- task. >> one more for me before we move around a table. as you know, your foreign minister did a talk on the council on foreign relations, moderated by the "the new york times" and while there, she said in terms of the policy toward afghanistan that the united states is leading with unclear objectives. and she said the border with pakistan has become less well managed. you described a very constructive, happy relationship. is our policy in terms of afghanistan one of these four points? >> -- a the sore points? >> i am looking at what we are addressing now. as a drawdown approaches, there are clear worries about how responsible this exit will be. we are, of course, invested in making and ensuring that the region remains as stable and peaceful as possible. i think it is perfectly easy to understand why there is a calendar of imminent anxieties attached to this drawdown. and these anxieties are informed by our encounters with the united states in relation to afghanistan 30 years ago. and we are still living to t
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Feb 9, 2013 7:00am EST
multimillion dollar gas compression station. we will export the gas. we should tax all exported oil. the only reason they want to drill in the gulf of mexico is so they can put it on a boat and ship it out of here. host: we are talking about your view of the economic recovery this morning. this is ace on a speech that the president made four years ago and elkhart, indiana. we have taken that from nbcnews.com. it is part of their elkhart project. if you want to get more information. .hat is at nbcnews.com charlotte, north carolina, herbert, on our line for independence. caller: i have been listening for a lot of the news. nbc.news, mnms this country had 400 years of free labor in 100 years of no regulations where they were polluting the air, water. chop labor laws. things were booming. the people on the top have always had and the people on the bottom have never had. my mother does not know what these the question is or what the debt limit is. people are blaming barack obama for trying to turn this contrary -- country into a communist country. if you have 5000 young people going to war in
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Feb 3, 2013 7:00am EST
later, the president of women tribe worldwide tax about the state of women's rights. " washington journal host: good morning. we will learn more about immigration with the judiciary committee. the senate could work this week on the chuck hagel nomination. the question remains whether or not republicans will block the nomination with a filibuster. the president traveling to push for slacker gun laws. with the nation focusing on the super bowl, we want to turn to washington's role on regulating the nfl. we will use super bowl sunday to talk about government regulations when it comes to the issue of steroids or head injuries. the phone lines are open. let's begin with a look at some of the headlines courtesy of the museum. from "the san francisco chronicle" -- from "the baltimore sun" -- let's turn to the politics and policy behind the nfl. this is a story a few days ago from "the washington post." outlining a plan and a letter to the executive director of the players union. they agreed as part of a 2011 collective bargaining agreement that the players should be tested for hgh, but t
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Feb 8, 2013 7:00am EST
education. they are outperforming the population as a will. -- as a whole. a tax holiday ends so consumers are sprinting, says "the wall street journal." there is this story and "the washington post" that says retail sales are rising these days. we will dig more into that over the coming weeks as we look at consumer spending. our question this morning is about drone strikes. government secrecy and the public's right to know. how do you prioritize those? we will go to al in atlanta on the republican line. what do you think? caller: i think that the drone program is one of the best programs in the world. most people when you realize -- do not realize, when you are in war, it is killed or be killed. when i served in vietnam, that is the attitude i had. the decision -- we should let the decision maker make a decision about terrorism because of the bill make a decision, what would happen is we would have lives in this country -- they will come into this country and terrorized the citizens of the united states. that is all i got to say. host: how much do you think the public should kno
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Feb 2, 2013 2:15pm EST
award to my name. i am one of the government tax that is here to speak to you today. i do not have a glamorous shot, either. it is just me and a flag. what we're doing every day over i.c.e., are the principal investigative arm. it is largely known in the public for its immigration enforcement functions which are less than half of what it does. we action have 13,000 special agents and officers. the reason we have such a large presence is that we are an investigative agency. we cover a wide variety of everything from jet trafficking to the investigation of artwork that was stolen in europe and brought to the united states. and exploitation including sexed trafficking. it is a big part of what we do. what of one of the things we doh an unsettled part, the immigration enforcement. it dominates the pages of the "new york times" fans " washington post." the solution here for trafficking is a solution for immigration reform. you have a lot of very thoughtful speakers today. i've looked at the schedule. i could give you the same old speech i am sure many of you have heard. i wanted to try to
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